Stephen Martini serves as Director of the Metro Nashville Department of Emergency Communications since March 2020. Martini started his career in public safety communications in 2004, having served in all roles of Public Safety Answering Point operations and administration within Tennessee. After five years as a public safety telecommunicator with the City of Chattanooga Police and Fire Departments, he served five more years with the training division at the consolidated Hamilton County Emergency Communications District, supporting 28 agencies with a staff of 120 telecommunicators dispatching all disciplines. At that same time, he joined the APCO Institute as an agency instructor teaching PST1, FSC, EMD, and CTO courses where he remains serving as an adjunct instructor today. In 2013, Martini accepted the role of Communications Center Manager for City of Brentwood Emergency Communications District, supporting a staff of 11 telecommunicators dispatching two departments - police and fire. In 2016, he assumed the Director’s role overseeing the consolidation of three PSAPs into a single countywide communications center with the Williamson County Department of Emergency Communications, where he served until 2020.
Mr. Martini is recognized as an Emergency Number Professional and a Certified Communications Program Manager with the National Emergency Number Association, a Registered Public Safety Leader with the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, Intl. In July 2018, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee appointed Martini to a 3-year term on the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board. Martini also holds certification as a FEMA Communications Unit Leader (COML) and a Telecommunicator Emergency Response Team (TERT) Leader. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi in May 2001. Mr. Martini is married to his wife, Tina, with whom he has two sons.